Herbs and Spices to Fight Cancer

Herbs and Spices to Fight Cancer

Herbs and spices have been with us for thousands of years, used for cooking and as medicine. Then industrialization and technical advances brought commercial drugs and somehow made the use of herbs and spices backward. Not any longer. Science is again looking at what has served us for so long. Clinical studies now exist on the effects herbs and spices have on our bodies.

Since I’m interested in fighting cancer in more than one way, I’ve searched for what I could add to the mix to help keep the beast at bay. The amazing thing is that all of the herbs and spices offer great benefits. Develop your favorite assortment of herbs and spices and create a bonanza of health every day!

benefits of herbs and spices

What is the Difference Between an Herb and a Spice?

The dictionary defines herb as: “any of various usually aromatic plants, such as parsley, rue, and rosemary, that are used in cookery and medicine.” Keeping in mind the first definition of herb which is: “seed-bearing plant whose aerial parts do not persist above ground at the end of the growing season.”

Spice is defined as: “a. any of a variety of aromatic vegetable substances, such as ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, used as flavorings
b. these substances collectively.” Here the provenance is generally either from the roots, the bark of a tree or the seed of a vegetable. For example, ginger comes from the rhizome of a plant; cinnamon comes from the inner bark of a tree; nutmeg comes from the seed of a fruit.

What are the Herbs and Spices that Help Fight Cancer?

I’ll be referring here only to herbs and spices that have had clinical observations and that are readily available in your kitchen.

turmeric
Turmeric:
herbs and spices to fight cancer
It contains the potent curcumin which helps stop cancer proliferation by programming cell death in cancerous cells without affecting healthy cells. This is supported by clinical studies. Even though the use of turmeric is common in Indian cuisine, it’s not so common in Northern America. You can do what I do to get my daily dose of turmeric: make your own capsules. You can be more inventive and pepper your egg salad, add it to seafood and chicken dishes as well as rice.

cinnamon
Cinnamon:
herbs and spices to fight cancer
Cinnamon has proven useful in reducing tumor growth. David Heber, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, and director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition says that 1.5 teaspoon of cinnamon will produce effects. Cinnamon is also a good source of calcium and iron and has germicidal properties. You can get your daily allowance of cinnamon by including it in your tea or ground coffee, your bowl of cereals or yoghurt, adding it to desserts.

ginger
Ginger:
herbs and spices to fight cancer
It has been used to remedy pregnancy nausea and it happens to work as well for chemotherapy nausea. Studies made on the colon show that ginger helps reduce the growth of tissues that can turn into a cancerous tumor. Ginger will also act as an aphrodisiac, a flu remedy, an anti-inflammatory pain reliever, a cramp inhibiter, a flatulence reducer, a catalizer for the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body, an appetite opener.

garlic
Garlic:
herbs and spices to fight cancer
Several studies have shown that a consumption of garlic will diminish the risk of various types of cancer. It helps reduce the risk of DNA mutation as well as generate the phenomena of apoptosis (cell death) in tumor cells. Garlic has been used as a medicinal plant and a kitchen additive for a very long time: Ancient civilizations in Asia and mid-East used it and it carried on down the middle-ages. Garlic acts as antibiotic, it flushes out toxins and improves the look of your skin. The problem is that your body will smell if you eat too much of it as its compounds dissolve through your pores. It can heal ear infections and regulate blood pressure. For its best potency, crush it thin and add it to chicken, pasta, tomato sauce,
etc.

paprika
Paprika:
herbs and spices to fight cancer
It contains capsaicin which has been found “to provide temporary relief for pain from mouth sores caused by chemotherapy and radiation therapy.” Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects may reduce the risk of cancer. Paprika is also high in vitamin C and thus helps your body fight common infections. Good for your immune system. Sprinkle on your chicken, seafood, beans, rice or carrot dish.

oregano
Oregano:
herbs and spices to fight cancer
“We know that oregano possesses anti-bacterial as well as anti-inflammatory properties, but its effects on cancer cells can really elevate the spice to the level of a super-spice, like turmeric,” said Dr. Supriya Bavadekar, assistant professor of pharmacology at LIU Pharmacy. Oregano is a good source of minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron and manganese. And it’s easy to use in your daily salad, pasta dishes and whenever you have a pizza.

Sources:
http://www.cancer.org/
http://www.webmd.com/
http://gaia-health.com
http://www.liu.edu/
http://www.mayoclinic.com/

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  1. asif farooqui
    4 years ago

    the very rich knowledge I gained about herbs and spices thanks a lot.


    • Brigitte
      4 years ago

      Thanks Asif. I’m glad it helped.

  2. Aw, this was an exceptionally good post. Finding the time and actual effort to generate a great article. But what can I say, I procrastinate a lot and never seem to get anything done.


    • Brigitte
      4 years ago

      Keep your eye on the mountain and procrastination in the closet.